Copper Mountain, Colorado Celebrates New Year With Parade, Ski Deals

copper mountain ski schoolCopper Mountain is ringing in the New Year with a series of special events and deals for early 2014. 

On December 31,  NYE Rail Session hosted by Woodward at Copper will be held under the lights in Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village including a torchlight parade, kids’ glow-light parade, fire dancers from 5 – 7 p.m. Fireworks will commence over West Lake at 10 p.m.

For early 2014, Copper Mountain has a series of events and deals lined up:


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Learn to Ski and Ride Month, Jan. 1 – 31, 2014

All season long, beginners can access and learn for free on the Easy Rider carpet located in Center Village. Once basic skills are learned, a ticket for the Pitchfork chairlift is $15, allowing beginners to master getting on and off the lift while perfecting turning and stopping. Copper Ski and Ride School offers Youth Four Packs, a package of four lessons, with flexible dates and the option to use lessons for either Ski and Ride School group lessons or Woodward at Copper freestyle lessons. Woodward at Copper freestyle lessons spend part of the day in the Barn and part of it on snow in Woodward’s terrain parks. For an introductory experience for adults ages 16+, Copper Ski and Ride School offers adult group lessons for those who have never skied or ridden before. 

Additionally, ski resorts across Colorado are celebrating Learn to Ski and Ride Month in January with special deals. 

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Safety Fest, Jan. 18 – 20, 2014

January is National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Awareness Month, and Copper Mountain is celebrating with its annual Safety Fest Celebration, Jan 18 – 20. During Copper’s Safety Fest, Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village, turns into Safety Village with tents featuring National Ski Patrol signing up guests for mountain sweeps, Summit County Rescue Group offering backcountry awareness and beacon training, Copper Mountain Ski Patrol Avalanche Dogs demonstrating how dogs are trained and more. Visit all Safety Village vendors to be entered in a daily raffle; prizes include helmets, lift tickets, season passes and more. On January 18, 2014, the Flight for Life helicopter will land at 10 a.m. at Patrol Headquarters, at the top of the Excelerator and Super Bee chairlifts. During the whole month of January guests are welcome to stop in Copper’s Patrol Huts, at the top of Excelerator and Timberline chairlifts, to meet patrollers, snuggle with avalanche dogs and enjoy a free mug of hot chocolate. 

WinterBike, Jan. 18 – 19, 2014 

The annual WinterBike returns to Copper Mountain on January 18 – 19, as part of the 2014 Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Race Series. WinterBike vendor village takes over Burning Stones Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 – 19, with bike demos provided by Borealis, Boo Bikes, Reeb, Wilderness Sports and Rebel Sports. The little ones kick off the event with LittleBike starting at 5 p.m., a short race around Burning Stones Plaza for the kids. WinterBike racers pedal out of Burning Stones Plaza at 6 p.m. and greeted with fireworks at the finish line in Burning Stones Plaza at 7:30 p.m. 

Snow Day Passes

Back by popular demand, Snow Day Passes are on sale now, and prices are guaranteed until January 1, 2014. At $99, Snow Day Passes all guests to ski all season long whenever the resort gets four inches or more of snow. In addition, Copper is offering two guaranteed days on Superbowl Sunday (2/2/14) & Closing Day (4/20/14); snowfall or sunshine.

For travelers headed to the Northeastern United States, New York ski areas are offering early season deals of their own. 

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